Thug broke man’s nose and eye socket at exclusive bar in £200m hotel

Police hunt thug who broke drinker’s nose and eye socket in attack at exclusive members-only bar in £200m five-star London hotel

  • Victim was viciously beaten during a night out at exclusive Ned’s Club in London
  • Club in iconic building only open to members paying £3,150-a-year membership
  • Police have released shocking footage in appeal for attacker to come forward

A man was left with a broken nose and eye socket after being viciously beaten inside one of London’s most exclusive private members’ clubs.

CCTV footage from the cocktail bar of Ned’s Club Downstairs – only open to members paying £3,150-a-year membership – captured the thug lashing out at the victim, breaking the bones in his face as bystanders attempt to intervene. 

Part of the Soho House chain, the club is in the basement of The Ned Hotel which opened in the iconic Midland Bank headquarters last May.

Part of the Soho House chain, the club is in the basement of The Ned Hotel, in the iconic Midland Bank headquarters

City of London Police released CCTV footage of the late night brawl

The all-night 1920s and 1930s-themed cocktail bar room is set behind a huge 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door and lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes

City of London Police released CCTV footage of the late night brawl.

It shows a young man, dressed in a dark shirt, brutally punching his victim in the face then swinging at another before security step in.


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The all-night 1920s and 1930s-themed cocktail bar room is set behind a huge 20-tonne, two-metre wide vault door and lined with thousands of original safety deposit boxes. 

Police questioned and released a 21-year-old man in connection with the assault but have since released the footage in an appeal for the attacker to come forward.

The assault left the victim with serious injuries, including a fractured eye socket, a fractured nose, displacement of the eyeball, and severe bruising

A man, 21, from Loughton, Essex, was arrested on the night and has since been released under investigation

A City of London spokesman said: ‘Police have released CCTV footage of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a violent assault at The Ned at 11pm on July 25.

‘The assault left the male victim with serious injuries, including a fractured eye socket, a fractured nose, displacement of the eyeball, and severe bruising.

‘A man, 21, from Loughton, Essex, was arrested on the night and has since been released under investigation. 

‘Officers would now like to speak to the man in the CCTV footage to further their enquiries.’

Situated in the Square Mile financial district, the hotel is a collaboration between Soho House’s Nick Jones and US hoteliers Sydell Group

A partnership between the Soho House Group and New York’s Sydell Group, The Ned can be found in the City’s disused Midland Bank building. 

The property – which has been a landmark in the City for almost a century – was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the headquarters of Midland Bank which at the time was the largest clearing house bank in the world.

An elegant structure famed for its high vaulted ceilings, grand doors and discreet luxury, the building has occupied the corner of Poultry Street and Princes Street since 1925.   

Below ground are three basement levels that used to house the bank vaults and there visitors will find the original vault door that inspired James Bond’s Goldfinger. 

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